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Objections To Shed and Zen Buddhist Home Retreat Are Racially Motivated, Interracial Same-Sex Couple Says

A recent meditation retreat for “brown and black youth from Hampshire College” at a same-sex couple’s “Zen Buddhist home temple” in Westhampton, Massachusetts is what led neighbors to file a complaint about an existing garden shed that was built several years ago within a 20-foot setback required by the local zoning code, says the couple who hosted the retreat. Neighbors’ complaints about trespassing, dumping on their property, and that the couple’s driveway “looks like a parking lot in Springfield” with “suspicious cars and people” are just covers for racism, the couple says, according to



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